"By far the best music class for any age!!! I can't say enough things about Margarita. She is amazing, creative, nurturing, and most importantly the activities are...helping my baby grow to his fullest potential..."
-Dr. Karen Caraballo
Child and Family Psychologist
"Casa Feliz was a wonderful experience for my 9 month old son. He blossomed throughout the six sessions. By the end of our time with Margarita and David, my son was clapping, moving to and 'singing' along to the songs. The many interactive activities also helped his fine motor skills... It was also fun for the parents to sing along to beautiful songs, interact...in a fun and unique setting and learn about the many cultures throughout Latin America and Spain. I highly recommend this music class. We can't wait to sign up for winter!" -Raquel Munive
CASA FELIZ strives to provide unique learning experiences, and strengthen families of ALL backgrounds, through the inclusive and holistic power of Arts and Music.
WE are a BILINGUAL and BICULTURAL child-focused, family-oriented, and NY State registered Arts Education company.
WE work to uplift, disseminate, and support the unparalleled contributions of the Latin American, Hispanic Caribbean, and Spanish cultures.
WE are professional artists and educators with years of experience working in the Education, Social Services, and the Mental Health fields.
WE design unique curriculum and teach performing art classes to children of all ages and their families throughout NYC.
WE provide services to families, schools, daycare centers, private playgroups, and other organizations.
"Casa Feliz offers a great mix of music, play and story time for the kids, all while they gain exposure to the Spanish language. My 10 month old loves the class. It is so nice to watch him grow, learn, play, and enjoy the music. I have been taking my little one to class since he was 5 months old. He enjoyed the music and story time, and also watching the older children play, while sitting on my lap. Now he not only enjoys the class, but crawls up to the teacher to pick up his own instruments or joins the teacher at the djembe and bongo drums during the live music jam. The class always sparks his curiosity and he always seems to remain engaged. At home, I sing some of the songs to him from class and he immediately recognizes them.
If you are looking for a fun, structured and interactive class for your little one (s), this is a great option. These classes will complement your child’s weekly activities. The teacher is great with the kids. She encourages participation and keeps everyone engaged. You can see that she truly loves her work. We are so happy to be a part of such a wonderful program."
-Jacqueline, Matthew’s mom (10 months old)
Child & Family Classes
'Bilingual Creative Play
Looking for a fun and meaningful activity for your child and you? Interested in providing your child with opportunities for optimal growth and development?
This class features an authentic repertoire of Latin American, Latin-Caribbean, Afro-Latin, and Spanish folk music, as well as traditional children’s songs and games, in an upbeat, but structured environment. Through songs, interactive play, and use of props, children are exposed to a rich variety of Spanish-speaking world cultures and a second language, or in the case of native-speakers, the language spoken at home is reinforced. As it has been well-documented, learning a new language can be especially beneficial to young learners, optimizing neurological development, improving cognition, social and emotional learning, and academic progress later in life.
The developmentally-appropriate curriculum integrates familiar concepts such as numbers, shapes, colors, animals, opposites, feelings, and good habits, among other. Sessions are 40 minutes long, designed for children 3 months old to 5 years of age. Initially, instruction is given in both English and Spanish. As students gain more understanding of the Spanish language, more Spanish vocabulary is introduced.
Another integral and unique component of our classes is the element of adult participation. Parental engagement not only promotes a secure positive parent-child bond, but also improves learning in children. As it has been many times observed, young learners tend to develop more interest, focus, and attention during an activity where an important adult in their life (either a parent or caregiver) is also engaged. So basically if you jump in the fun and learning, they will too!
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For classes at schools and
Preschools, Daycare centers, Birthdays, and Events
Casa Feliz offers artistic residencies at schools, daycare centers, and other organizations. We can create a unique curriculum tailored to your learners' needs:
We have developed an exciting course specifically for
daycare centers and preschools:
Our ‘iCantando & Brincando!’ class
(‘Singing & Jumping!’)...
...We are sure you’ll love!
Through Music (singing, use of instruments, and props), Creative Play (puppets, pretend play, and movement), and Storytelling, young children learn traditional songs and games from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain.
Instruction can be done in English or Spanish, or Bilingual English-Spanish, with class songs in Spanish.
As students gain more understanding of the Spanish language, more vocabulary can be introduced.
Children who participate in our classes can benefit
from the following advantages:
· Optimize current and/or future academic progress
· Improve cognition and neurological development
· Learn important mathematical and language concepts
· Exposure to bilingualism and its
· Cultivate global competency and sensibility, as well as foster respect and collaboration with other cultures
· Nurture Creativity, Self-expression, and Critical thinking skills
· Develop social and emotional literacy, and self-esteem
· Acquire positive behavior, and attention
and self-regulation skills
Our unique curriculum can offer your young learners these opportunities and more! It has already been successfully implemented in numerous schools throughout NYC, including the prestigious Spanish-Immersion school, HolaNYC; Small Idea Daycare; and Sunshine Learning Center; among other organizations.
We hope you’ll be next in joining these extraordinary schools and discover for yourself why our classes are so effective and fun! To reserve and schedule your class, contact us at today at Tel. (646) 580-7812, or send us a note (click here!)
Margarita Tavárez, MFA
Founder & Artist-Educator
Margarita is an Actor, Stage Director, and Educator with training and experience working with adults, as well as children and families. She has an M.F.A. in Theater Acting & Directing from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education in Theater Arts from the University of Puerto Rico.
As an actor, Margarita started with a strong inclination towards physical theater for its capacity to express beyond the limitations of words and linear thinking. This prompted her to study abroad with two of Latin America’s most influential physical theater companies, in Peru with Yuyachkani and later with Malayerba in Ecuador. Upon her return, Margarita continued her training towards her Bachelor’s degree, taking classes in Contemporary-Experimental Dance, Ballet, West African Dance, and Music Theory. During this time, she directed, choreographed, and produced ‘Aeropuerto Internacional’, at the University of Puerto Rico. She also continued her work as an actor and comedienne for various productions in experimental musical theater, contemporary theater, as well as classical. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, Margarita relocated to New York City in search for new influences, and to complete her Master’s degree.
Her New York acting credits include the roles of 'Olivia' in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, 'Jenny' in Threepenny Opera at Columbia University, and 'Marie' in Büchner's Woyzeck. She has appeared in numerous Off-Off Broadway shows in venues such as the TACT Studio, the Zipper, and at WOW Cafe Theater, among other. Margarita has also had the opportunity to act for Film. She was featured in the leading role of Lolita in the short ‘La Operación,’ presented at the HBO Latino Film Festival. As a director and producer, Margarita has created original plays for adult and child audiences alike, such as 'Lola, According to the Rest', ‘Little Banana Girl’, and ‘El Mercado’.
In addition to her love of Theater, Margarita also shares a parallel passion for teaching and social services. She has incorporated her knowledge of Acting and Theater in her work as an educator and social service provider to help improve the lives of adult students as well as children, including those with special needs. She has had the privilege of working for the Maria Montessori school system, high-risk public schools, private daycare and after-school programs, as well as for the mental health and child welfare fields. She is a member of the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Teaching Artist Guild (TAG).
A parent herself, Margarita finds immeasurable pleasure in teaching and creating opportunities for connection. She looks forward to continue inspiring others to make space for art, play, and humor in their lives.
David Freyre, MA in Music
Artist-Educator and Music Consultant
David is New York City-based musician. Singer, songwriter, and percussionist, David is a versatile and compelling force in the world of music. As lead vocalist, David eases into melodies with great depth of sound and organic understanding of rhythm. As background singer, he helps create beautiful harmonic tapestries.
Born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, he was profoundly influenced by its diverse and contrasting history, which in turn helped sculpt David’s world perspective and musical style. He has had the pleasure of collaborating in various genres with internationally acclaimed artists, such as Belgium’s Rock Star, Gabriel Rios; opened up acts for reggae giants Steel Pulse and Third World; and performed with NYC’s vintage Disco band, Escort. He is also proud to have played in the Latin scene with many greats such as Grammy Award nominated, Juan Carlos Formell, among others.
David has also had the privilege of performing for the nation’s most prominent stages, such as the United Nations, SOB's, Williamsburg Music Hall, Highline Ballroom, Hartford Jazz Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn Music Fest, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Fringe Theater Festival, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Anfiteatro Luis Muñoz Marín.
In addition to the valuable learning experiences music has granted him, David has also learned through formal training. He completed a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance and Composition at the CUNY's Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC and a Bachelor of Arts in Music, from The Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
David has also done studio work including, recording percussion for the soundtrack of the PBS documentary "Antonia Pantoja, Presente!,” with Hollywood music producer, Richard Martínez. Most recently, David collaborated with celebrated experimental music composer, Stewart Wallace, in his latest production.
Aside from his accomplishments in Music, David has worked as an Educator for children and adults. He has worked with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at YAI Network in New York City. Here he has implemented a dynamic music performance program, where participants volunteer their music services, while practicing and refining crucial social skills and work experiences.
Currently, David is working on his first original music album, featuring as singer, songwriter, and percussionist. He is musical director and singer for the 'Conjunto de la Esquina,' the Latin Music band he originated. For more information on David, his upcoming shows and more, visit www.davidfreyre.com.
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